Plans for new west side library move forward

Plans move forward for a new library on the city's west side.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new library is planned for the city’s west side.

Thursday afternoon, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County approved Library Executive Director, Heidi Daniel, to put bids out for architects.

The current library has roofing and boiler problems and would be demolished.

The proposed new library would be a technology hub.

“With new technology and working space and sizable meeting space as well as our pop-up library services and mobile outreach services in the back end of the building so they would share collection and staff,” said Heidi Daniel.

The project will cost about $3 million.

The library says an anonymous donor is willing to help with bills in exchange for naming rights of the new building.

Daniel says she has no idea who the donor is, but, for naming rights, the donor would need to contribute 60 percent of the cost.

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